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Expedia Preparing Trivago for IPO

Fri,21 Oct 2016 17:17:02 -0700

Talk of a pending initial public offering of Expedia's (NASDAQ: EXPE) majority-owned Trivago travel site initiated with the company's second-quarter earnings release in late July. At the time, Expedia said it had agreed to explore the feasibility of a Trivago IPO, adding that should the decision be made to take the site public, it didn't intend to sell any of its shares.

Sony Bringing Tournaments to the PS4 System

Fri,21 Oct 2016 16:50:02 -0700

In what looks like a naked bid to profit from the enthusiasm for e-sports, Sony (NYSE: SNE) last week unveiled a "Tournaments" feature for the PS4 console. Players also need an ESL account and a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to compete. "Once tournaments are live, you can find them under Events on your PS4 system menu to view the details.

Gannett’s USA Today Network Launches VR News Show

Fri,21 Oct 2016 16:36:02 -0700

Gannett's (NYSE: GCI) USA Today Network recently unveiled its first weekly virtual-reality news show: VRtually There will air on Thursdays at 2 p.m., and can be viewed on a dedicated page on USA Today's website or via its VR Stories app. Like its parent website, the series will focus on top news, sports, entertainment, and business stories.

Is Qualcomm Close to a Deal for NXP?

Fri,21 Oct 2016 16:13:02 -0700

Talk of a megadeal in which leading smartphone chipmaker   Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) would acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) has been swirling for several weeks. Shareholders of both Qualcomm and NXP have already benefited from the scuttlebutt.

AMD Falls Despite Topping 3Q Estimates

Fri,21 Oct 2016 15:56:03 -0700

Shares of AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) fell about 6% after hours on Thursday, although the chipmaker posted better-than-expected third quarter numbers. Revenue rose 23% annually to $1.3 billion, beating estimates by $90 million. On the bottom line, it posted non-GAAP earnings of $0.03 per share, beating expectations by $0.04 a share, and marking its first quarter of non-GAAP profitability after five straight quarters of losses.

HollyFrontier in Talks to Buy Suncor Unit: Report

Fri,21 Oct 2016 15:33:03 -0700

Oil refining specialist HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC) will soon add a large asset to its portfolio, according to a report from Reuters. The article, citing "people familiar with the matter," asserts that the company is in advanced talks to acquire Petro-Canada, the lubricants division of Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) for slightly over $1 billion.

Skechers' Big Miss Kicks Its Stock Hard

Fri,21 Oct 2016 15:18:03 -0700

Investors should have expected Skechers (NYSE: SKX) was going to post another big miss, but the big 16% drop in its stock after hours following its third-quarter earnings report indicates they were shocked -- shocked! -- the footwear maker stumbled so hard.

Major Indexes Flat This Week, Netflix the Big Winner

Fri,21 Oct 2016 14:29:00 -0700

The major indexes were mostly flat this week. Big rallies in Netflix and American Express were offset by declines in eBay.

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British American Tobacco Wants to Buy Reynolds

Fri,21 Oct 2016 13:37:03 -0700

British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT: BTI) wants to buy the 58% of cigarette maker Reynolds American (NYSE: RAI) it doesn't already own in a $47 billion merger that would dwarf Reynolds' $25 billion acquisition of Lorillard last year. If approved, it would bring powerhouse brands such as Camel, Lucky Strike, Newport, and Pall Mall together in the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company, with net sales exceeding those of Philip Morris International.

NVIDIA Touts Involvement in Nintendo Switch

Fri,21 Oct 2016 13:15:03 -0700

For all its past struggles in trying to expand beyond the gaming market, few companies are as skilled as NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) when it comes to giving players unique experiences. Its latest win? Providing the key internals for Nintendo's new Switch gaming device, which is designed to serve as either a full-featured console or as a mobile game system.

Merck Set For Big Move After 3-Month Slumber (MRK)

Fri,21 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0700

Merck hasn't budged since gapping up in early August, with the October 25th earnings report set to trigger much higher or much lower prices.

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Ford and GM Stuck in Neutral Ahead of Earnings

Fri,21 Oct 2016 07:59:00 -0700

Ford and General Motors have underperformed broad benchmarks for three years, caught in corrections despite healthy domestic car sales.

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McDonald's Could Bottom Out After Earnings (MCD)

Thu,20 Oct 2016 10:44:00 -0700

McDonald's relative strength readings have hit oversold levels in all time frames, raising odds for a sustained buy-the-news reaction after earnings.

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LinkedIn Enhances Endorsements with A.I. Features

Thu,20 Oct 2016 10:25:03 -0700

Each of LinkedIn's (NYSE: LNKD) three acquisitions in 2016 --  Connectifier, Run Hop, and PointDrive -- was completed to help improve the relevance of its various search functions, including Endorsements. Recently, LinkedIn announced that it's putting the new technologies and development talent from those purchases to good use.

Gold and Silver Turn Higher Above Key Support (GLD, SLV)

Thu,20 Oct 2016 08:23:00 -0700

Gold and silver are turning higher after pulling back toward key long-term support areas.

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eBay Shares Pounded Despite Revenue Growth

Thu,20 Oct 2016 08:10:03 -0700

By most metrics, eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) reported a strong third quarter after the close on Wednesday. Revenues climbed, active buyers jumped by more than 1 million, and now total 165 million worldwide, and eBay's artificial intelligence (A.I.) push to improve search results is making strides.

Bulls Hanging Up on Verizon (VZ, YHOO)

Thu,20 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0700

Verizon missed earnings estimates just two months after failing a breakout above 3-year resistance, setting the stage for lower prices in coming months.

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Report: California AG Launches Wells Fargo Probe

Thu,20 Oct 2016 05:31:04 -0700

Adding another problem onto the growing mound of troubles for Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), it seems California Attorney General Kamala Harris has begun a criminal investigation into the recently revealed unethical activities of the bank. That's according to news service Reuters, which says it has seen a seizure warrant issued by Harris.

American Express Shares Rise on Strong Q3 Report

Thu,20 Oct 2016 05:15:24 -0700

Are the challenging times coming to an end for American Express (NYSE: AXP)? The payment card giant, which has been struggling to grow revenue in the wake of its recent high-profile divorce from discount retailer Costco (NASDAQ: COST), reported very encouraging numbers for its third quarter on Wednesday.

How Fast Is Netgear's "World's Fastest Router"?

Wed,19 Oct 2016 14:30:03 -0700

Serious gamers are well known for buying advanced gear. NVIDIA's success has been all but built on the backs of gamers' demands for hyper-fast graphics performance. Now, those users have something else to crave. On Wednesday, Netgear (NASDAQ: NTGR) unveiled the Nighthawk X10, which it claims is the world's fastest router.

Salesforce Has a Big Appetite for M&A

Wed,19 Oct 2016 14:15:03 -0700

Another leaked email scandal is upon us. Only this time, no candidate for president is involved. Instead, the leak came from a breach of the inbox of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Included among the stolen files was a presentation intended for the board members of (NYSE: CRM), one which included details about potential acquisition targets.

Here’s Why Fintech Will Continue to See Rapid Growth (GS, BBVA)

Wed,19 Oct 2016 13:20:00 -0700

The fast growth in fintech will continue and P2P is a major part of this.

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Seagate Trounces Q1 Profit Estimates

Wed,19 Oct 2016 13:00:02 -0700

Shares of data storage medium purveyor Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) traded down in the wake of the company's fiscal first-quarter earnings, despite several strong numbers. For the quarter, Seagate's revenue was just under $2.8 billion, down 4% on a year-over-year basis.

A-B InBev Found Another Way to Dominate Homebrew

Wed,19 Oct 2016 12:25:03 -0700

As part of Anheuser-Busch InBev's (NYSE: BUD) agreement with the Justice Department to win approval for its $100 billion takeover of SABMiller, it agreed to cease and desist impeding the distribution of craft beers to retail outlets. However, it may have just engineered an end run around those restrictions -- and struck a blow at the very foundation of the craft beer industry.

Visa CEO Stepping Down, Successor Named

Wed,19 Oct 2016 12:04:03 -0700

In an unexpected move, Visa (NYSE: V) has announced CEO Charlie Scharf is stepping down from his post, effective Dec. 1. He will be replaced by Alfred Kelly, a member of the card payment giant's board.  In the press release detailing the transition, Visa wrote that Scharf is departing "because he could no longer spend the time in San Francisco necessary to do the job effectively." Scharf's family is based in New York; he cited the need to be closer to them as a key reason for his decision.

Tesla Earnings a Referendum on CEO Musk

Wed,19 Oct 2016 12:01:00 -0700

Skeptical market players are ready to act on the growing divide between Tesla's colorful CEO and actual quarterly metrics.

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Dick's Sporting Goods Eyes Golfsmith's U.S. Stores

Wed,19 Oct 2016 11:59:02 -0700

The sporting goods world has been contracting, and Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) appears ready to once again take advantage of the misfortune of one of its fallen competitors. It was expected the company would bid for many of the stores closed by now-shuttered rival Sports Authority, but that did not happen.

Did China Just Derail Macau's Recovery?

Wed,19 Oct 2016 11:39:03 -0700

In theory, the arrest by Chinese authorities of 18 employees of Australia's Crown Resorts over the weekend should be a benefit to Macau casino operators, but their detention for unspecified "gambling crimes" still has the great possibility of derailing the enclave's nascent recovery.

Cisco Buys Virtual Meeting Provider Worklife

Wed,19 Oct 2016 10:48:02 -0700

Though it's still reliant on its legacy switching and router business, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has added to the arsenal of solutions in its fast-growing collaboration unit with the recent acquisition  of privately held Worklife. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IBM Beats Expectations, Investors Not Impressed

Wed,19 Oct 2016 10:25:03 -0700

Despite beating analysts' estimates in the third-quarter report it released after the bell Monday, IBM (NYSE: IBM) stock took a hit of nearly  3% by the close of trading the following day. Pundits had expected IBM to report revenue of $19 billion  for the quarter, along with non-GAAP (excluding one-time items) earnings of $3.23 per share.

What Red Robin Is Aiming for with New Ad Campaign

Wed,19 Oct 2016 10:05:02 -0700

Red Robin (NASDAQ: RRGB) has been facing many of the same headwinds that have dragged down some of its rivals in the casual sit-down restaurant space. It has struggled to lure in customers, and comparable-restaurant revenue declined by 3.2% in its most-recent quarter while profit margin at the restaurant level dropped from 22.5% to 20.9% year over year.

American Express Levels To Watch After Earnings (AXP, V)

Wed,19 Oct 2016 08:35:00 -0700

Look for American Express bottom fishers to limit damage after this week's quarterly earnings report.

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These Charts Suggest Financials Are Headed Higher

Wed,19 Oct 2016 08:16:00 -0700

The charts of key ETFs that follow various segments of the financial sector suggest now could be the time to buy.

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Watch for These Triangle Breakouts (WY, SU)

Wed,19 Oct 2016 07:41:00 -0700

Watch for triangle breakouts in these stocks, which could indicate the trend direction over the next several months.

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CBS Commissions "Candy Crush" Game Show

Wed,19 Oct 2016 07:05:03 -0700

Soon, playing Candy Crush Saga won't just be something you do on your phone. CBS (NYSE: CBS) has announced plans to produce a live-action TV show version of the game in concert with Activision Blizzard's (NASDAQ: ATVI) King and Lions Gate's (NYSE: LGF) television group.

Will Wanda's Deal Boost Lions Gate and Warner?

Wed,19 Oct 2016 06:40:03 -0700

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wanda Group will offer a 40% rebate to studios that shoot movies and TV shows at its new Movie Metropolis located in Qingdao, China. Count Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) and Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF) among the studios signing on to shoot projects at the facility, which is scheduled to open in August 2018.

PepsiCo Plans to Make Its Drinks, Snacks Healthier

Tue,18 Oct 2016 14:10:03 -0700

Soda has never been good for you, but in recent years, the beverage-consuming public finally seems to have taken that message to heart. Sales of sugary drinks, most notably sodas, have declined for both PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) and Coca-Cola fairly consistently.

LivePerson Going Live With AdWords Click-to-Text

Tue,18 Oct 2016 12:34:03 -0700

What could possibly go wrong? High-tech customer support provider LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN) announced on Tuesday it was going live in the coming weeks with a click-to-text ad extension that would seamlessly work with Google AdWords. Back in the old days -- like last year -- if customers wanted more information from a company after seeing an ad, they'd call an 800-number to get product or service details.

Caterpillar CEO Leaving Amid Deep Industry Slump

Tue,18 Oct 2016 12:08:03 -0700

Although it's often said you should leave while you're on top, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has chosen instead to head for the exit while he's pretty much at the bottom. Not that it might not be time to depart after 41 years at the company, but amid a steep slump in the mining sector and a collapse in oil and natural gas prices, he's leaving the heavy equipment manufacturer in a difficult period.

Qualcomm Bringing Gigabit LTE to Australia

Tue,18 Oct 2016 11:44:02 -0700

What if you didn't need fiber optic cable to get gigabit-speed internet access? Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) has been working on chipsets that support Gigabit LTE, a wireless technology capable of delivering that. This week, the company teamed with Netgear (NASDAQ: NTGR), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), and Australian telecom Telstra to introduce a real product sporting this technology: the X16 LTE modem, a mobile hotspot that delivers Gigabit LTE to your other devices.

eBay's Domination Could Last Into 2017

Tue,18 Oct 2016 11:01:00 -0700

eBay broke out to an all time high in July and will test those double digit percentage gains with this week's quarterly confessional.

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Why Investors Are Buying Take-Two Interactive

Tue,18 Oct 2016 10:25:03 -0700

Shares of Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) are up about 5% this week on news that the video game publisher has set the timing for its release of Red Dead Redemption 2, the sequel to its 2010 hit set in the Old West. According to a a promo on the website of Take-Two subsidiary Rockstar Games, the game will hit stores in autumn 2017.

Domino's Delivers Another Strong Quarter

Tue,18 Oct 2016 10:05:02 -0700

Domino's (NYSE: DPZ) has delivered once again. In the third quarter, the company put up its 22nd consecutive quarter of same-stores sale growth in the United States and its 91st straight quarter of doing the same internationally. The company posted a 13% increase in the U.S.

Goldman Sachs at Cusp of New Uptrend (GS)

Tue,18 Oct 2016 07:33:00 -0700

Goldman Sachs is testing 9-month resistance at $172.50, after strong quarterly earnings and could head to $200 in coming months.

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Netflix Proves It's Becoming More Like HBO

Tue,18 Oct 2016 06:40:02 -0700

Shares of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) soared as much as 20% in after-hours trading on Monday. Most of the news reports are focusing on the size of the company's earnings beat. The streaming sensation produced $0.12 a share of adjusted profit, more than double analysts' average forecast of $0.05 a share.

United's Profits to Keep Descending

Tue,18 Oct 2016 06:20:03 -0700

Investors hoping for good news from United Continental's (NYSE: UAL) third-quarter report got only a glimpse. Year-over-year revenue fell 3.8% to $9.913 billion and adjusted profits declined 31.3% to $3.11 a share. Fortunately, analysts were expecting worse: $9.912 billion and $3.06 a share, respectively.

eBay Opens a High-End Furniture Shop

Mon,17 Oct 2016 13:55:03 -0700

E-commerce stalwart eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) recently launched the eBay Collective, a new site dedicated to furniture and home furnishings. The site notably uses technology from visual search engine company Corrigon, which it recently agreed to buy for under $30 million.

Abercrombie & Fitch Really Wants the Uncool Kids

Mon,17 Oct 2016 13:26:03 -0700

Call it better late than never, but Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has decided it no longer wants to be the sort of store where only the cool kids shop. Now, the teen retailer wants everyone to know it's are for everyone -- uglies, fatties, and dweebs included.

Macy's to Open Even Earlier on Thanksgiving Day

Mon,17 Oct 2016 13:09:03 -0700

Macy's (NYSE: M) will stick with its new tradition of opening stores on Thanksgiving Day to boost its holiday sales. It will open at 5 p.m. this year, compared to 6 p.m. in both 2014 and 2015. Macy only started opening on Thanksgiving Day in 2013, a move that prompted rivals J.C.

Princesses and Trolls Drive Hasbro's Earnings

Mon,17 Oct 2016 12:48:03 -0700

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) posted a strong quarter driven largely by strength in its lines targeting young girls. The toy company's third-quarter revenues grew by 14% year over year to $1.68 billion, which included $2.8 million in negative impact from foreign currency headwinds.

CBS or Viacom: Which Is the Better Buy Now?

Mon,17 Oct 2016 12:21:03 -0700

After months of rumor and innuendo, Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA)(NASDAQ: VIAB) and CBS (NYSE: CBS) are finally getting serious about a reunion. Late last week, Viacom said it had hired a team of advisors to consider the impact of a merger with CBS. Morgan Stanley, Allen & Co.

Supervalu's Sav-a-Lot Spinoff Turns into a PE Sale

Mon,17 Oct 2016 11:55:03 -0700

Ever since it sold the Albertson's grocery store chain to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management in 2013, Supervalu (NYSE: SVU) has relied upon its Save-A-Lot division for most of its performance. Last year, the grocery store operator announced it would be spinning off the chain, but now, Supervalu has changed directions, announcing it will instead sell Save-a-Lot to another private equity group, Onex, for $1.37 billion in cash.

Salesforce Gives Up on Another Social Media Buy

Mon,17 Oct 2016 11:35:03 -0700

Shareholders of (NYSE: CRM) have made their feelings extremely clear regarding its recent talks to acquire Twitter. Several big hitters were in discussions with the troubled tweet master during the past month, and once it became known that Saleforce was one of them, its stock sank  4.5% overnight.

Three Winners in Confused October Market

Mon,17 Oct 2016 11:25:00 -0700

A handful of mavericks have attracted substantial buying interest in this dazed and confused October market. (CLCD, WB)

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Can the Apple Watch Reverse Macy's Sales Slide?

Mon,17 Oct 2016 11:15:04 -0700

In what may be a first step toward conceding the death of the traditional department store, Macy's (NYSE: M) has unveiled a store-in-a-store featuring Apple products at its flagship location on 34th Street in Manhattan. Outgoing CEO Terry Lundgren says the idea is to appeal to women.

HP Inc. to Cut Up to 4,000 More Jobs Over 3 Years

Mon,17 Oct 2016 10:57:03 -0700

The announcement in February that the "new" HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) would cut as many as 3,000 jobs by the end of its current fiscal year following its split with HP Enterprise wasn't surprising given one of the key objectives was to pare overhead. Now, HP says it will cut a further 3,000 to 4,000 over the next three years.

Ulta Now Wants 20% More Stores Than It Did Before

Mon,17 Oct 2016 10:25:03 -0700

Ulta Salon's (NASDAQ: ULTA) growth plans are not just putting lipstick on a pig: This beauty supplier is on fire, with comparable-store sales surging ever higher, which should give pause to retailers and rivals trying to cash in on the popularity of the personal-care niche.

Target Pulls Clown Costumes From Shelves

Mon,17 Oct 2016 10:13:04 -0700

Sometimes, retailers have tough decisions to make when it comes to stocking otherwise innocuous items that can be used for something worse than their intended purpose. For example, it's easy to make the decision to pull box cutters from shelves or put them behind the counter, because their potential for harm is easy to see (even though they have a legitimate use).

Will McDonald's Sell Big Mac Sauce by the Bottle?

Mon,17 Oct 2016 10:04:03 -0700

While Aussies had a brief opportunity back to purchase bottles of McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) Big Mac "special sauce" in January, a recent trademark application filing by the burger chain hints at plans to start selling it in U.S. retail outlets too. The Chicago Tribune discovered McDonald's had applied for a trademark for "Mac Sauce" with the U.S.

No Quick Remedy for Johnson & Johnson Downside

Mon,17 Oct 2016 08:41:00 -0700

Johnson& Johnson has lost ground since hitting an all-time high in July while shareholders have abandoned ship, for growth stocks.

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Base Metals are Starting to Shine (DBB, SCCO)

Mon,17 Oct 2016 08:06:00 -0700

The chart of the DBB ETF suggests base metals could have a strong finish in 2016.

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Head and Shoulders Top Forming in These Stocks

Mon,17 Oct 2016 07:38:00 -0700

Head and shoulders patterns in these stocks indicate lower prices to come.

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Hershey CEO to Step Down Next Year

Mon,17 Oct 2016 07:35:03 -0700

Next year, one task at or near the top of the to-do list for Hershey (NYSE: HSY) will be finding a new CEO. The company announced that the man currently occupying that position, John Bilbrey, will step down on July 1, 2017. Bilbrey also serves as the confectionery and snacks maker's president and chairman of the board; he will remain in the latter position after relinquishing the other jobs.

Initial Q3 Results Herald a Good Quarter for Banks

Mon,17 Oct 2016 07:10:03 -0700

Three of the "big four" U.S. banks reported their third-quarter results at the end of last week. These were generally encouraging, not least because all topped analysts' average estimates for profitability. JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) was the best performer of the trio.

Warner to Produce Five "Fantastic Beasts" Films

Mon,17 Oct 2016 06:16:03 -0700

Fan events are nothing new for genre films, and fans of the Harry Potter franchise have had more than their share -- from main hall events at Comic-Con to midnight book release parties. Last week, they gathered online to watch a livestreamed Q&A with the cast and filmmakers behind Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in hopes of hearing good news.